COVID-19 Update



Why The Classic Case of the Snail in the Ginger Beer Bottle Impacts Technology Commercialisation Today

Donoghue vs Stevenson was a landmark decision that set a precedent for manufacturer negligence enforced to this day. And it’s a law that all inventors must consider when commercialising their innovations. If they don’t, they run the risk of their own “snail in the bottle” moment quickly killing their venture. Donoghue vs Stevenson It all … Read More

Scratch that: Australian Full Federal Court finds that AI systems CANNOT be inventors

On 30 July 2021, the Federal Court of Australia over-turned the decision of the Australian Commissioner of Patents, and instead found that an artificial intelligence (AI) system named DABUS could be the inventor of an Australian patent. BUT on 13 April 2022, the Full Federal Court reverted back to the outcome reached by the Commissioner … Read More

the .au domain name is now available.

Domain Update: The .au Direct Domain Name is Here

On 24 March 2022, the direct .au domain name will launch and be available for licensing from .au Domain Administrator (auDA) accredited Registrars. The new domain level means website names can be shortened by dropping the .com (or other variants featured in domain names) to become just “”.  Where there is no existing domain name … Read More

There is no AI in Copyright, r-AI-ght?

By Maddison Reznik, Lawyer and Trade Mark Attorney It is a commercial reality that businesses want to improve efficiencies whilst retaining the best quality output. For some businesses, this means investing in artificially intelligent technology (“AI”). However, questions arise as to whether businesses will be giving up some benefits when recruiting AI to do their … Read More

The price of them apples: Ready to license but unsure how much the technology is worth?

With new and early stage technologies, or perhaps new uses for existing technologies, the value of the technology for licensing purposes is often not able to be readily determined. In the absence of a commercialisation track record, the risk is that the value for the licensed technology (licence fees, milestone payments, royalties) may be set … Read More

Tech Startups: A Step-by-step Guide

The tech startups idea You’ve got to have one of these. We can’t give advice about how to get one; this you will have to do on your own. But once you have one, we can help you from there. The tech startups business plan Now you need to turn your idea into a viable … Read More

Cyber security and COVID-19

While many public and private organisations are protecting their staff and vulnerable members of the community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through social distancing and working from home arrangements, cyber criminals are undoubtedly exploiting the global situation. Australia’s leading agency on national cyber security, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASCS), and the Australian Competition and … Read More

OAIC provides guidance for employers on privacy obligations in response to the spread of COVID-19

On 18 March 2020, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) published a statement and comprehensive guidance to assist Australian Government agencies and private sector employers in understanding their privacy obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The OAIC has provided guidance on the handling of personal … Read More

Secret use – can you profit while developing your invention?

So, you’ve concocted an invention that you’re thinking of patenting, what next? Keeping your invention secret is an important start, since any public disclosure may invalidate your later patent application. But what can you do while your invention remains secret? Can you conduct experiments? Can you make money? Can you make money while conducting experiments? … Read More

The patented technology behind the Face ID feature of the new Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X has now been announced by Apple, Inc. (‘Apple’) with expected fanfare. Most consumers will be interested in the new OLED screen and the elimination of the home button in the new iPhone X, but there is also an important new security feature in the new iPhone called ‘Face ID’. ‘Face ID’ is … Read More

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